Octopus Naming Contest!

Thank you to all who participated in the contest to name our newest invertebrate, the Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris). The results are in!


Tako (“octopus” in Japanese) 

The finalists:

Inky McInkFace  |  Suckers McSquishyFace

Terrance “Terry” Tentacles Sir Inks A Lot

If your name wins, you will receive...

  • A year-long family membership to Butterfly Pavilion
  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of our zoo
Butterfly Pavilion’s new cephalopod (invertebrates in the squid/octopus family) is from the Florida Keys, but others can be found throughout tropical and sub-tropical areas of the Atlantic Ocean. With an average lifespan of 1-2 years and ranging in size from 12-36″ and 6 ½ to 22 pounds, these octopuses are famous for the unique way the defend themselves in the wild – creating a thick cloud of ink that can dull a predator’s sense of smell and allow the octopus to get away. They are also known for their intelligence and even collect shells to decorate their dens knowns as octopus gardens.
“People are able to relate to octopuses in a way that is unrivaled by any other invertebrate,” notes Butterfly Pavilion aquarist, Sara Stevens. “Due to their intelligence and almost childlike way in which octopuses interact with the world, our guests seem to connect and fall in love with them very easily. It’s an animal that instantly creates a sense of awe and wonder, making them fun and important ambassadors for ocean conservation.”

A unique way to see the new octopus and offer up a name will be during two live feedings next week, Tuesday and Friday at 2:30 p.m. Octopuses eat crustaceans, bivalves (clams, mussels, etc.) and fish.
Butterfly Pavilion is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 6252 West 104th Ave., Westminster. Admission is $8/children (2-12), $12/adults (Westminster residents $10), $10/seniors and children under 2 are free. Learn more about Butterfly Pavilion’s permanent exhibits, important education, research and conservation work at www.butterflies.org or by calling 303-469-5441.